If you’re looking to improve your performance, Wattbike is the ultimate training tool, it gives you all the data you could ever need. But, when you’re new to the Wattbike, how do you decipher all the data and turn it into something useful?
What Information Does The Wattbike Give?
The Wattbike measures over 40 different parameters about your riding and displays it all within the Performance Monitor. Below is an explanation of the 10 most popular metrics:
Watts - An obvious one perhaps, but the main measurement of the Wattbike is power in Watts. If you’re wondering why it’s useful to measure your power, read our article on using power to enhance your performance.
Cadence - The Wattbike displays your cadence in real-time on the performance monitor. This metric is useful when starting out as finding your ideal cadence will help make you more efficient. You can also combine cadence and resistance on the Wattbike to establish the correct power output.
Heart Rate - By linking your Wattbike with your heart rate monitor, the Wattbike will display your heart rate in real time, this will help you measure the physiological intensity of your workout.
Maximum Heart Rate (MHR) - If you undertake a test on a Wattbike, you can also find out your Maximum Heart Rate, which can be used to set personalised heart rate training zones.
Left/ Right Leg Balance - The Wattbike is one of the only indoor trainers to measure right/ left leg balance. A power output close to 50:50 between both legs will help you to cycle effectively.
Pedalling technique - One thing almost everybody knows about the Wattbike is it’s ability to measure your pedalling technique. With data collected 100 times per second, the Wattbike creates a simple graph which represents your pedalling technique.Find out more about the Polar View shapes here.
Maximum Minute Power (MMP) - When you undertake a test on the Wattbike, you’ll often be looking for the Max Minute Power achieved during the test. Max Minute Power is used to work out your personalised training zones to ensure every session you complete is the right intensity for your current fitness.
Average Power - Average power is a great metric to benchmark your fitness and track any changes in performance. Tracking your average power across sessions can also alert you to impending illness, which would be hard to measure in any other way.
Power/ Kg - If you set up a user profile, or input your weight information into the Wattbike, the performance monitor will calculate your power to weight ratio. Power to weight is a key metric if you plan to tackle any climbs in 2016, as an enhanced power to weight ratio could make climbing easier.
Distance - For the Strava enthusiasts out there racking up the miles, we couldn’t leave you without knowing the basic distance traveled during your Wattbike session (along with your speed for that matter).
How To Find Your Data
All of the information about your riding is available from the Wattbike Performance Monitor. During your session click the down arrow to switch between display screens, each screen will reveal a different data set:
If you’re looking for a performance metrics from across your workout (e.g. average power, MMP, MHR) you can find these in the summary screen at the end of your workout. Simply click the right arrow to switch between the tabs.
How To Measure And Record Your Data
The Wattbike automatically records and stores your data. You can find all your sessions under Recall within the Wattbike monitor.
The best way to measure and record your data is with the Wattbike Hub, our digital platform. With a Bluetooth-enabled Model B monitor you can use the Wattbike Hub to track, save and analyse your performance. Find out more about the Wattbike Hub here.
4 Ways To Improve Your Performance Using Wattbike Data
- Use the Wattbike Polar View data to improve your pedalling technique
- Use MMP & MHR to set your personalised training zones
- Use personalised training zones to optimise your performance with a structured training plan
- Use power to weight data to improve your climbing